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2018 Illinois Bike Summit

Join us on Monday, May 7 at the University of Illinois at Chicago for a day of learning and networking with up to 300 bicycle advocates, planners, engineers, agency staff, and government officials, and others from around the state. With a range of session topics – from bikeway design and tips to advocacy and community engagement – the summit offers strategies to help you make progress in your town.

We’re pleased to announce that Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld and Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn will participate as keynote speakers. IDOT is also tentatively scheduled to announce the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program grant winners at the Summit.

The Summit features keynote speakers, breakout sessions organized in three tracks, coffee talks, mobile workshops, lunch, advocacy awards, and a networking reception. Continuing education credits will also be available for professional planners and engineers. Explore session topics, speakers, and other event details by clicking on the plus signs below.

The Summit is limited to 300 attendees and advance registration is required.


Registration Rates


Early Bird Registration Rates – Extended through February 28
Non-member: $65
Member: $50
Student: $30

Regular Registration Rates – Beginning March 1
Non-member: $99
Member: $65
Student: $40

Registration includes the full day program, buffet lunch, and a networking reception immediately following the summit program.

Join Ride Illinois to be eligible for a members’ discount. An annual membership starts at $30. If you’re unsure of your membership status, email us at info@rideillinois.org.

If the summit cost is an obstacle to your attendance, contact
summit@rideillinois.org to apply for a scholarship or reduced fee.

Location & Time

Monday, May 7, 2018
8:30 am – 9:15 am – Coffee Talks
9:30 am – 3:30 pm – Summit Program
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Networking Reception

University of Illinois at Chicago
Student Center East
3rd Floor Conference Center
750 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607

Paid Parking is available at the Halsted/Taylor Parking Structure across the street from Student Center East building. Enter the parking garage at 760 W. Taylor St.

Program & Session Topics

Opening Plenary – Keynote by Chicago DOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld

Lunch Plenary – Keynote by IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn including announcement of Illinois Transportation Enhancements grant winners

Breakout Sessions – 3 Tracks
Session topics and speakers are being finalized and updates will be posted as they are confirmed. Please check back for updates.

Infrastructure Track

Designing Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks – Tim Gustafson, Alta Planning + Design

What, Where, and Why: An Overview of Chicago Bicycle Infrastructure – Chicago DOT staff

Small-Scale Improvements for More Bicycle-Friendly Road Projects – Ed Barsotti, Ride Illinois

Closing Difficult Gaps in the Trail Network: A Case Study of the Riverview Bridge in Chicago – Greg Osbourne, Epstein; Lubka Benak, Chicago DOT

Mobile Workshop: Chicago’s Bicycle Infrastructure – Chicago DOT staff

Advocacy Track

Bike Walk Every Town Advocacy Training – Maggie Melin, Active Transportation Alliance

Get Involved: Engaging in Election Advocacy in Your Community – Kyle Whitehead, Active Transportation Alliance

New Bicycle Laws, Court Rulings, and a Liability Burden Shifting Proposal – Brendan Kevenides, Freeman Kevenides Law Firm

Advocating for Trail Development – Steve Simmons and Matt Gomez, Active Transporation Alliance; Brendan Lynch, Bike and Hike Charleston

Education, Encouragement, and Equity Track

From Divvy to Dockless: A Comparison of Bike Share Models – Mercy Davison, Town of Normal; Alex Hanson, Sam Schwartz; and Sean Wiedel, Chicago DOT

Education and Outreach Programs in Chicago and Illinois – Chicago DOT staff; Ed Barsotti, Ride Illinois

Bicycle Equity in Chicago – Katherine Nickele, University of Illinois at Chicago; Dan Black, Slow Roll Chicago

Over a Century as a Hub: The History of Cycling in Chicago – Chris McAuliffe

We also welcome public suggestions and proposals for session topics and speakers. Please fill out our online form to submit your ideas and requests to participate as a speaker.

Coffee Talks - Early Morning Session

All attendees are welcome to Coffee Talks will be held at 8:30 am – 9:15 am at the conference site before the Summit program officially begins. These are casual, small group discussions on specific topics that will be posted in the coming months.

Confirmed Coffee Talks 

From A to Z: Creative Marketing for Bicycle Events – Rick Brooks, Z Tour and Midwest Partners

Bicycle Advisory Commissions – Ed Barsotti, Ride Illinois

Mobile Workshop Sessions

Summit attendees can sign up to explore Chicago bike infrastructure by bicycle in our mobile workshops. A morning session (20 participants max) and an afternoon session (40 participants max, broken into 2 groups) will be led by Chicago Department of Transportation experts. Participants will ride Divvy bicycles supplied by the Chicago Department of Transportation.

We anticipate demand for these sessions will exceed capacity. If you are interested in participating in one of the mobile workshops, please select a preference on the registration form. Confirmation of your spot in a workshop will be emailed to you closer to the event date.

Continuing Education Credits

Many of the summit’s breakout sessions will likely be approved for planners’ CM credits. A technical track of breakout sessions will also offer 4 hours of PDH credits. We will post detailed continuing education credits info as we finalize all of our program sessions and topics.

Contact us at summit@rideillinois.org if you have any questions.

Hotel Block

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Crowne Plaza Chicago West Loop. The hotel is located a short walking distance – about a half mile – from both the Summit at the UIC Student Center East and Union Station. The discounted nightly rate is $165 and available until April 14th.

Crowne Plaza West Loop
733 West Madison, Chicago

Reservations must be made online here or by phone at 312.829.5000. Please mention Group Code FB8 when making reservations online or by phone.

(Unfortunately group booking links are not mobile friendly)